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|#10_28741 Jefferson Memorial - 1/160 @f13, iso 400, 44mm|
|#10_27885 The Path Around the Tidal Basin|
Walking along the edge of the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial was just an amazing splash of color with the cherry trees in bloom. The photo above gives an idea of what it looks like but it's hardly a substitute for being there in person. After visiting in April, it will be difficult to get excited about going there again at any other time of the year.
Washington is also a great place for night time photography. To me, there is something magical watching as the darkness slowly filters out the daytime distractions to provide a different perspective the buildings and monuments.
|#10_28252 US Capitol at Dusk - 2 seconds @f6.3, iso 100|
The image above was made at 8:03pm, and the one below was taken just 16 minutes later. While dusk is my favorite time for photography, it's easy to see that one can only photograph one or two sites in a day before the light is gone. Since I was standing on the national mall only a few steps from the Smithsonian, I was able to photograph it as well before the sky was too dark. With few exceptions, once the sky is black it's usually too late to get a good photo.
|#10-28278 US Capitol at Night - 8 seconds @f8, iso 100, 65mm|
|#10_28283 Smithsonian Castle - 15 seconds @f4, iso 100, 33mm|
|#N_50872 Iwo Jima Memorial - 0.4sec @f4, iso 200, 30mm|
For best results when photographing the monuments, it's important to have a wide angle lens. Most of the buildings cannot be photographed very well without one, and using one gives you the opportunity to capture some really interesting perspectives. Both views of the Jefferson Memorial below were photographed with a 17mm lens. In the second one, I was lying on my back to get as much of dome as possible in the photo.
|#N_50672 Jefferson Memorial - 1/40 @f9, iso 200, 17mm|
|#N_50676 Jefferson Memorial - 1/50 @f9, iso 200, 17mm|
When I visited the Lincoln Memorial, I stood there trying to figure out a way to make a photograph that would not look the same as all the other ones I had seen. I photographed the statue of Abraham Lincoln from the front, the back, and both sides, figuring I should be able to come up with something a little bit different. My favorite photo is below.
|#10_27818 Lincoln Memorial - 1/60 @f4.5, iso 400, 44mm|
Although I did not have time to go inside the US Capitol on my trip back in 2005, I finally did take the Capitol tour in 2010. Since the last time I had been to Washington, the new visitor center had been built, which now has guests entering the capitol from underground.
Even my 15mm fisheye lens was not wide enough to capture the underside of the capitol dome the way I wanted to. The first image below is the best I could do, and the next one shows a close up of the painting under the dome. [click any image to enlarge]
|#N_96508 US Capitol Dome - 1/100 @f6.3, iso 400, 15mm|
|#N_96516 - Painting Under the Capitol Dome - 1/30 @ f5.6, iso 400, 95mm|
|#10-28609 The White House - 1/250 @f5, iso 200, 65mm|
The last few images are Washington National Cathedral.
|#N_96443 National Cathedral - 1/125 @f13, iso 200, 15mm fisheye (straightened)|
|#N_96435 National Cathedral - 1/10 @f2.8, iso 800, 15mm fisheye (straightened)|
|#N_96386 National Cathedral - 1/20 @f2.8, iso 800, 15mm fisheye (straightened)|